Star Citizen devs keep removing features from the roadmap and fans are furious

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Apr 20, 2020 10:18 AM
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Star Citizen has become almost a legend at this point, the extremely ambitious Sci-fi RPG has seen numerous delays including their spinoff title Squadron 42. Yet updates keep getting added and the game is nowhere nearer to release, and now fans seem to be fed up of it. In a recent update to Star Citizen’s roadmap, many players have voiced concerns over cancelled content that was planned in previous roadmaps, only to be removed in the next update.

Every week the devs release an update on the game’s development roadmap, stating what has been changed, delayed or removed. Yet some of the more arguably important improvements are consistently delayed/removed. The most recent roadmap update has shifted many important roadmap features to Alpha 4.0, when many of them were planned for the start of Alpha 3.0 already.

Each and every week, we accompany the Roadmap update with a brief explanatory note to give you insight into the decision-making that led to any changes,” says the official Roadmap Roundup post. “This is part of an effort to make our communications more transparent, more specific, and more insightful for all of you who help to make Star Citizen and Squadron 42 possible.

The biggest problem is a lack of gameplay loops to keep players, well, playing. Many updates improve upon mediocre things like updated UI, graphics or controls. Though that’s not to say that these aren’t important improvements, but a lack of actual content is what’s infuriating to most supporters.

One of the most important features to be delayed is the Server to Client Actor Networking Rework, which many players have voiced concerns about lag, stuttering and desynchronization when playing with friends. Another example was salvaging that was supposed to be only temporarily removed almost half a year ago, and has yet to resurface on any roadmap updates since.

Many of the gameplay features that have been removed, or delayed indefinitely, since Alpha 3.0 include: Repair Bot, Repair Ships, Refuel Collection, Service Beacon Refuel, Service Beacon Repair, Salvage Scanning, Salvage Selling, Salvage Processing, Salvage Extraction, Manual Repair, Buy/Sell Fuel, Fuel Transfer, Land Claim Purchasing, Land Claim Register, Land Claim Legal, Gameplay, Land Claim Creating Missions, Liquid/Gas Exploration, Expanded Cargo, Data Running, Long Range Scanning, Ship To Ship Refuel, Repair V1, Salvage V1, NPC Healing, Player Swim, Mag Boots and Zero-G Push, to name just a few.

This is all to say that Star Citizen is having some difficulty actually becoming a game for fans to play, and whilst the developers are sure to have some problems along the way, one has to think that they should be a little less ambitious for roadmaps in the future. Delays from the recent COVID-19 pandemic are almost certain, but these delays/removals have been happening since the beginning of 2019.

The questions raised here are ethical ones indeed, with one of the biggest video game crowdfunding projects out there, shouldn’t the developers take more responsibility from players who are actually supporting the project with their own money?

What do you guys think? Have you supported Star Citizen? What updates have you noticed to be removed and never seen again? When will the game actually come out? Let us know your thoughts!

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If this keeps up, I'll retire before Star Citizen gets released.

Gankutsuou

And one day they'll remove the entire game before it's ever released :D

Prime111

If you google the definition for the word "scam ", Star Citizen is the first result you get.

MrCasualGamer

i know how to fix this, give them more money of course.

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16:03 Apr-22-2020

This game is turning out to be one of the most elaborate scams in the in entertainment industry.

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05:37 Apr-22-2020

Why does it sound almost like After Reset RPG, Homeworld 3 and you know you'll get it.

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22:42 Apr-21-2020

Are you sure that "fans" are furious or was that a mispelling of "backers?" Sorry, I mispelled "investors."
...I'm such a hypocrite. Anywho, Fans have a right to be angry.

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21:14 Apr-21-2020

It's games like these that make me cautious about crowd funded games. It all seems too good to be true and most of the time it is.

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21:39 Apr-21-2020

The worst part is, that the game could have been out a long time ago. The guy just never knew when to stop.
If they published it when it his ver 1.0, the game could have receive updates down the line, and not be this huge dysfunctional mess.

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01:35 Apr-21-2020

Plot twist there is no game and never will be, they just ask for money from people. It's like Ponzi scheme

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00:10 Apr-21-2020

They can't even get a working UI. I can equip 2 primary weapons, and then 15 minutes later 1 of the vanishes, and is nowhere in my inventory. They literally do not have a fully functioning inventory system. It's pathetic. I can make one in Unity in about 30 minutes. There's no reason they shouldn't be able to make one that doesn't eradicate my items.

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21:15 Apr-20-2020

why are devs so incompetent?, just hire someone better, this game has been there for years and doesnt seem to be finished anytime soon :/

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19:31 Apr-20-2020

i know how to fix this, give them more money of course.

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14:50 Apr-20-2020

If this keeps up, I'll retire before Star Citizen gets released.

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14:21 Apr-20-2020

If you google the definition for the word "scam ", Star Citizen is the first result you get.

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21:54 Apr-20-2020

That does not make it true either :) Worst scam ever Lol

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13:03 Apr-20-2020

How does one even remove "Gameplay" from the gameplay features?

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16:44 Apr-20-2020

this was the first thing i saw. also they removed buying and selling fuel/ fuel transer. so what everyone has god mode infinite fuel or does everyone just end up stuck floating in space. genuinely woulnt be suprised if its the 2nd by now

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11:52 Apr-20-2020

And one day they'll remove the entire game before it's ever released :D

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12:41 Apr-20-2020

The scam will be over, thanks for participating. What you're saying is not impossible

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11:37 Apr-20-2020

SC is +1.2 millions individual backers. What is described is a hundred of vocal ones. Beta planned in 2020,all focus being on SQ42 for now hence the push.

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11:02 Apr-20-2020

Which fans? 99.8% of my friends don't really care about this game.xD In 2050 the game will come out.

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11:39 Apr-20-2020

Which is a good news if only 0.20% have back the project in its Alpha state... Future is bright as Alpha is already stunning in its somehow not stable state :)

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